May 26, 2009

The Populism of David Cameron

  11:39 pm

I think any conservative who wonders what a smart populism on the right might look like should read the recent editorial by David Cameron in the Guardian.

Cameron is proposing devolving power to localities, to individuals and away from bureaucrats. He embraces the British equivalent of school choice along with many other concepts involving greater personal choice and responsibility.

Cameron’s advocacy of localism, and decentralization is quite eloquent.

While I obviously have my fair share of differences with Mr. Cameron I think Republicans from every part of the party should observe what he is doing and saying.

Thatcher arrived in Britain before Reagan was elected in America. Perhaps Cameron presages a new style and substance on the right.

Only time will tell.


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Certainly Cameron's support of extending citizenship rights to the Gurkhas is a type of populism I support, but I remain uncertain about Cameron. Sometimes he seems not much more than an extension of the Blair agenda (which is fine in some cases such as decentralization).

I would like to hear more from Cameron on the privitization of some national services, such as health care.

Of course, Cameron is the 2nd most popular Conservative in the Uk, behind, Daniel Hannan. :)


I do not know how to measure Mr. Cameron's level of populism. Populism is the UK and in the US is like comparing apples to oranges. In any event, he is likely to be the next British Prime Minister.

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